Burt Gummer’s Rec Room

A gathering place for paranoid survivalists and those who worship at the Church of Chang

August 2015: Dryer than a bone, and hotter than the surface of the sun- yup, it’s summertime in Perfection and El Blanco is on the prowl.

Disclaimer: This is the part of the Church that is the most no holds barred. None of it is intended with malice, and although it can on occasion seem a little bit fraught, it is banter rather than venom. So, be warned that this is like taking a naked swim in a piranha tank and not recommended for the faint of heart.

9,177 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. Xiphos0311 says :

    Supernatural S15 ep1 the beginning of the end(Not the episode title) I thought it was a decent start to the final season. It was a fairly typical SN Episode with them fighting a bunch of God/Chuck resurrected bad guys the Boys had put down in previous years. There was a lot of table setting that needed to be done but all in all a fairly strong start to the final season. The best part of the episode was at the end with the scene between Sam and Dean and them basically saying fuck we’ll save everybody and screw god we don’t need him. It was music to my ears.

    Succession season finale. Man was that a strong one. Kendall going rouge and scorched earth was a thing of beauty. The scene where everybody was throwing everyone under the bus was a riot and cousin Greg is still a douche nozzle and Tom finally standing up for himself with Logan and Shiv was both impressive and head shakingly weak at the same time. That’s good writing folks. Roman sort of wising up was something I didn’t expect from him but being held hostage can do that to a person.

    The Righteous Gemstones season finale. Meh they had exactly one funny episode out of eight. Danny McBride sucks outside of Vice Principals, Edi Patterson OTOH is a national treasure. The one funny scene in the entire episode that didn’t directly involve Patterson, though she was in it and hilarious, was the Baby Billy scene near the end. I will not be tuning into season two.

    Mr. Robot. This thing is just much too convoluted for its own good but I’m stuck now since its the final season.

    Seems like there should be more but I guess I ended up watching a bunch of older shows last week while I recovered from some injuries incurred at work.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Yeah, agree on Supernatural episode 1. The possession of Jack by the demon, whatever. Sam and Dean realizing ALL the demons, ghosts are sent free, everyone they ever put in hell are free after stumbling across the blood splattered car on the side of road…nice.

      And they would only have that response once they knew they were finally truly on their own.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I’m looking forward to the rest of the final season, sniffle. I hope it stays true to the vision they layed out. If so it might turn out to be an excellent swan song for SN.

  2. tombando says :

    Been watching a few VHS thingies of late…

    *Dancing With Wolves, of course the two tape edition with 4 or so hours of it.

    Still holds up well, fun to see Wes Studi, Floyd Red Crow there, Tantoo and Graham Greene doing their things. I’m not so sure it deserved the Oscar over Goodfellahs, but-it’s worthy in it’s own right. I wish they made more films like this one. Costner directed this too?! Dang good job.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Tontonka. Or whatever it was.

      • tombando says :

        I had forgotten about this part! that was funny. Movie as said holds up quite well.

        Watched my Theresa Russell/Adam Baldwin Showtime Skinamax VHS ‘Trade Off’ from 1996. You know-Let’s kill Spouses! then you find out one of the spouses is in on it, double crossings, etc. Theresa does her sleazy R rated Raunch bit, and tosses in a terrible Southern Accent alongside. Adam Baldwin is the put upon dumbox she grabs onto, he’s got this blank look on his face the whole time. You don’t feel sorry for him. You see Barry Primus hanging around as a would be Columbo type, he winds up shot for his pains.

        I donno, they had Russell trot out the same movie on CBS a year later in ‘When you meet a stranger’, a gender flip on the ‘Strangers on a Train’ formula save it’s her and Jacqueline Bissette jousting. Never saw it. Always thought Russell was better than her parts and career.

  3. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Nothing better than a little Army of Darkness to start off a morning.

    Listen up you primitive screwheads, this is my BOOMSTICK.

  4. Xiphos0311 says :

    I’ve got to shoot some Kudos over to the CBS show Evil. While not being very good it went way darker in the fourth episode then I would think a procedural show on CBS would ever attempt or even contemplate. So for that good job. Now fix all your other problems like the four adorable moppets you hung around the neck of the lead actress. I know what you are trying to do with that story line, I get it I really do, however children on TV shows usually suck as characters and these four certainly do.

  5. Xiphos0311 says :

    The new TV shows this season on Network and Cable mostly suck. I’ve either bailed on them, am going to bail or can’t even care enough to watch or bail.
    The only exception so far, has been Stumptown. Its alright and they had Donal Louge on for a couple of episodes which was a smart move that dude makes things better.Cobie Smulders is going all in and its working so far.
    My major quibble with the show is how far they have toned down the fucktarded weirdness pf Portland OR. The other MAJOR league issue I have is the one huge departure from the funny book its based on, is that they had to make her a Marine vet with PTSD. They’ve also glossed over the whole bisexual aspect of the character which was a minorly import part of the comic. since the show is on network TV that part of her identity won’t amount to much, now on HBO or Cinemax however….

  6. tombando says :

    Lemme see more VHS Western viewing…

    *Open Range-2003 Costner/Duvall. Saw it in theatre couple times. Still good. Still worthy. I like.

    *Jeremiah Johnson-1972 Redford/Grampa Walton Jim Bridger type thing. Trappers, Rockies, Indians, etc. Always like this one too. It has the reporter from the Bixby Hulk show and Mr Bently from the Jeffersons too! You might wanna see it again if you haven’t in a while. Sidney Pollack directed it too!

    *Geronimo-1993 Wes Studi/Matt Damon(way before he was MATT DAMON), Gene Hackman and most of the Sioux guys from Dances with Wolves as Apaches this time out. I like this one too. It’s not great, Studi in the lead is…well he’s a type ala Lee Van Cleef to me, and better in things like Last of Mohicans or the Fugitive sequel. But it works. Jason Patrick AKA Jackie Gleason’s grandkid is in here too. He’s not bad. Lota canyons and AZ desert stuff here.

    *Quigley Down Under-1990 Sagging PI/Alan Rickman Aussie ‘Western’. This isn’t bad, your basic Shane kinda plotline, I enjoy it. The scenery’s fine and the shootouts etc worthwhile. Selleck was born about 20 years too late he woulda been Robert Taylor or Joel McCrae otherwise.

    *To Be or Not to Be–1942 Jack Benny/Carole Lombard/Sig Rummann WW2 dramady set in Warsaw, the theatre-troupe gets into it with the Nazis, farce and satire abound, but there’s a serious undercurrent to the whole works. It’s quite a film. Jack Benny’s great and Lombard too, she was gone in a planecrash a couple months after filming ended, doing a Bonds drive.

  7. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Glass – I thought it was decent enough and I admit, I did not see it coming how it ended with their storylines.

    Watchmen – So, very different from the movie from just one episode. Lots of stuff thrown out there without much behind it as of yet. Blue guy did make an appearance, albeit on a tv show. I don’t have a feeling on this one yet, so I will check out a few more episodes.

  8. tombando says :

    You know what, this place has been around TEN YEARS NOW! Anyone notice??? Pretty good job folks.

  9. tombando says :

    Rockford Files, year one 1974-75. Weird, I’ve watched this show to death through the decades, but this first year, for whatever reason, I’ve not seen much of. It’s good! Rockford is a bit more serious in this than the later seasons, he’s still in a trailer (it’s moved next season to the desert after being in a parking lot by the ocean here), he still drives the Trans-am(Firebird?), still has that natural ease with his lines etc. that you either have or you don’t.

    Guest-stars included-the Bionic Woman, Clu Gulager, Diane Muldaur, John Quade, Lance LeGault, Joe Santos, Stuart Margolin, Noah Berry Jr, Ned Beatty, etc. etc. You see Lots of familiar faces in thug roles or damsel in distress roles. The car-stunts are pretty good, the cases interchangeable, hrmmmm it’s VERY 1974 complete with references to Inflation, the Sting, Watergate, Bell Bottoms, etc. etc.

    If you like any of the later years, by all means see this one too. I think you’ll like it, it takes a bit to find what it’s about but that’s typical of all shows. James Garner is really good here and worthy.

  10. M. Blitz says :

    Happy extended Halloween everyone! I wish it could be Halloween all year.

  11. M. Blitz says :

    Watched a ton. Mostly seen before, some new things and new-to-me. With only a few exceptions, thoroughly enjoyed. And so, here you have it, Halloween season 2019 holiday viewing:

    Return of the Living Dead (5 stars)
    Night of the Demons (ditto)
    Candyman (good stuff)
    Exorcist 3 (underrated!)
    Creepshow 2 (holy shit, the young native american is fincher dude/Bill Tench!)
    The Gate (baby Dorff! And an excellent ending)
    Nightbreed ((compared to now looks like) baby cronenberg!)
    Evil Dead 2
    House and House 2
    Monster Squad (for those born between 77 and 82, nostalgia abounds)
    CHUD
    The Stuff (so very rad)
    The Fog (rad)
    Prevenge (not as fun as I’d hoped)
    Cutting Class (as boring as I’d vaguely remembered)
    The Faculty (good esp for late 90s)
    You Better Watch Out (a xmas movie really, but excellent)
    The Changeling (still creepy. Wanted more George C Scott after exorcist 3!)
    Dolls (fun times)
    Halloween 3 (no, it’s not a proper Halloween movie, but i dig it. Love the guy from the fog in this. Love the jingle. Wanted more lasers)
    Midsommar (amusing)
    Dark Waters (the one with nuns. Convoluted and fun)
    Q the Winged Serpent (so much fun)
    Tales from the Darkside (the cat one amuses the hell out of me)
    Prince of Darkness
    A Girk Walks Home Alone at Night (it was ok…the skateboarding thing annoyed me. Pretty to look at. Meh)
    In the Mouth of Madness (Do you read Sutter Cane??l
    Misery (i was on a writer kick)
    The Dark Half (not half bad!)
    Poltergeist 2 (a tad hysterical…the braces scene freaked me out as a kid. The acting is bizarrely bad compared to the first one’s excellence)
    Poltergeist 3 (i think i actually enjoy this one more than 2)
    Pumpkinhead (so dreamy looking)
    The Howling (hurray!)
    The Howling 2 (fucking love this!!! By the guy who directed Communion. The theme song kicks ass also)
    The Howling 3 (the Marsupials! Not as good as 2, totally different approach but I still dug it. The birth scene made me so very happy)

    Also watched the new Creepshow tv series and finally finished season 13 of Supernatural. All in all, a really enjoyable month of viewing.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      DAMN! you watched A LOT of movies and a lot of really good ones.

      I really like The Faculty but I look at it like a comedy/action flick. Another good late 90’s teen horror flick that I am the only person that liked is Disturbing Behavior. The extended cut fixes a lot of problems that the studio made with its interference.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I havent seen Disturbing Behavior since it came out! But i remember liking that too. It is next on my watchlist after The Love Witch, which I am currently enjoying.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        DB is goofy but entertaining movie. The thought process behind what they were doing to the kids is a scary idea.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Blitz what did you think of Succession season finale? I thought it was tremendous. Tour de force acting, great writing and Kendall growing a pair and going rouge was fantastic.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Dude….that was some emotional roller coaster shit. When Logan used the ‘no real person involved’ thing to describe the dead guy…..and then when Kendall kissed his dad. I could barely contain myself. I was so on edge wanting him to go rogue and hoping he would. Literally cheered when he went for it. And then that glimmer in Logan’s eye…. FUCK it was so perfect!! And cousin greg perfectly placing himself per usual. What a frickin fantastic show.

        I also realllllllly dug On Becoming A God in Central Florida. This is not central to why i liked it, but the clothing and styling was on point for early 90s. I have often been annoyed that i never see those loony tunes tshirts, cuz they were frickin everywhere. And the black and white dress she wore i am fairly certain i remember seeing an ad for it in one of my neighbor’s or stepsister’s prom or homecoming issues of 17 or YM. Lol i wanna say it was jessica mcclintock. Completely bizarre memory to have.

        But yeah, that show was pretty great. Kirsten was amazing (she looks so much like my mother) and of course whatshisname was amazing. But also a shoutout to Cody, bless his heart. That boy is a mess.

        What do you think of Mr Robot so far? I am watching kind of neutrally, at this point. Though I did have a weird sex/anxiety dream about Dom after the premier, wherein she was extremely shall we say insistent with me and i was internally freaking out about how ragged and long my fingernails were(!)

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yeah they really nailed the look on BAGICF it was spot on. I remember seeing that dress on women back then. It was a really well made show and Dundst and the whole cast were excellent.

        That little smile and glimmer of pride Logan had when Ken was pulling his Ides of March on him was weirdly reassuring and loving.

        I’m with you on Mr. Robot. The problem is that the show is crushed under its own bizarre notions and structures that its hard to stay invested.

      • tombando says :

        Never seen Mr Robot. Donno the premise even.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Tom I couldn’t even begin to coherently describe Mr. Robot. So here is the Wiki page for it. Just read the synopsis in the top paragraph the rest of it gets really spoilery unless you don’t care about that.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I’m not sure that the show has even decided what it’s about yet….havent watched the latest ep yet though.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        yeah Mr. Robot seems to be …adrift?….more so then last season.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Mr Robot has crossed over into the gimmick stage. The current episode is done like the Buffy episode Hush with almost no dialogue. Its effective and tense at times but still it is a gimmick.

      • tombando says :

        Oh okay Xi looks like one you have to just try out for yourself then. Heard about it yes but never anything beyond.

    • ThereWolf says :

      That’s a top list, Blitz. Spot on about ‘Exorcist 3’, without a doubt underrated.

      Was watching a documentary about it a few months ago and was excited to see the film had been remastered in HD. Unfortunately it wasn’t available in the UK. Was fuming. Fast forward to seeing it on your list… Start fuming all over again but check Blu-ray availability anyway…

      2-disc limited edition out on December 9. I banged the shit out of that pre-order button.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Hey Wolf! Yeah, there really is a lot to recommend in Exorcist 3. The dream sequence, George C Scott’s sick-of-it-all disgust, dourif doing his thing, the confession booth murder, the giant scissors, the angel fabio and other cameos, the old lady on the ceiling. So, so awesome. The totally lurid fucked-up-ed-ness of some of the deaths and descriptions (that poor kid!)

        I love dream sequences done in that style. It reminds me of All that Jazz and the Singing Detective (dennis potter tv version of course).

  12. Xiphos0311 says :

    things I’ve watched as of late:

    1.) Daybreak(Netflix) The show is a post apocalyptic teen comedy that pulls heavily from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off(because Ferris himself is in it as the school principal) Mean Girls because all the cliques had their own territories and the exploration of how kids fall back on these things and places to survive like the high school and the mall and The Road Warrior. I was pretty surprised just how good the show turned out to be. I was looking for something stupid and disposable to entertain me while healing up from some work injuries and this turned out to be an amusing and engaging show.

    2.) BoJack Horseman, the first half of the final season. By necessity its a much more muted show this season because BoJack is finally getting clean and dealing with his issues. he is also finally realizing how much he has taken a shotgun to his life and the lives of the people around him by his drinking and drugging and not dealing with his mental issues. This show is fantastic in how it deals with these issues and it is also funny as hell.

    3.) Supernatural the final season(sniff) . The show is rolling along in a good place right now hope they keep it up.

    4.) The Deuce ended its run strong and interesting showing the good and the bad of what was happening with NYC, porn and AIDS and bunch of other issues during that time period. I highly recommended the show.

  13. tombando says :

    *Stuff of late…

    *Nash Bridges DVD set yr 3 and yr 5 (haven’t gotten thru 3 yet). I’ve seen most of these before, but-I like it. It’s all Don Johnson, Cheech and the Yellow Car. Pretty fun Super Kops show that’s really an 80s show ten years after the fact.

    *Maleficent I and II, the Angela Jolie flicks. Okay, they make her into the heroine more or less, second movie has Michelle Pfeiffer as the Ice Queen, hrmmmm odd juggling of cutesie Narnia-type critters and pseudo-LOTR action. I liked both fine, they’re somewhat schizo though. Good if you like the main character.

    *Lucifer still wading thru yr 2, getting closer to #3. Still enjoying.

  14. Xiphos0311 says :

    I know I am the only person here that watches The Deuce but I will say that the finale, especially the coda, was beautifully bittersweet and reflective and worked well on so many levels. I will miss this show.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I’ve been meaning to watch this and knowing it is over brings me one step closer. Running low on tv shows lately. And they are all clustered on Sunday nights, aka Silicon Valley, Watchmen, Mr. Robot.

      It is really hard to care about the characters in Mr. Robot anymore. And I rarely have that problem. Digging Watchmen though. And Silicon Valley is still cracking me up.

  15. Xiphos0311 says :

    Watched the current season of Jim Halpert’s Jack Ryan cos play. It was not good. They tried to do a version of Clear & Present Danger without excellent characters like Ding Chavez, he had stand in character that was a goof ball. More importantly they tried without Mr. Clark. Clark’s stand in was OK enough but not great.
    The main issue is that they made Halpert a Marty Stu, which the character isn’t. He’s a smart guy good at analysis but he isn’t an operator. In Halpert’s cos play version Ryan is kick ass at everything. thinking, planning, interrogation, combat etc etc.

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